Taste of Cincinnati

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Taste of Cincinnati®, presented by Kroger, is back for its 40th year, May 26-28, on Fifth Street from Main Street to the ramps of I-71 and Columbia Parkway in downtown Cincinnati. Nearly 75 restaurants, food trucks and entrepreneurs will participate, offering more than 300 menu items and 100 beer varieties.

Highlights will include Rhinegeist Food Truck Alley, and Taste of Findlay Market which will showcase freshly prepared bites from Ohio’s oldest surviving municipal market house. Attendees will also experience 45 musical acts, performing free-of-charge throughout the weekend, on five stages. 

Additionally, Music Bash @Taste of Cincinnati®, a new ticketed event, will feature the world’s greatest party band, The B-52’s (“Love Shack,” “Rock Lobster,” “Roam”) and Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and musician  Rick Springfield (“Jesse’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers”) co-headlining with special guest Loverboy (“Turn Me Loose,” “Working for the Weekend,” Lovin’ Every Minute of It”). This fun, can’t-miss, concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets for Music Bash at Taste of Cincinnati are now on sale via www.TasteOfCincinnati.com.

“Taste of Cincinnati is embedded in the Cincinnati community and vice-versa,” said Cynthia Oxley, director of Taste of Cincinnati. “More than 50 percent of Taste of Cincinnati’s vendor businesses are minority-, woman- or immigrant-owned; nearly half of the beers are locally-brewed; and close to 20 regional not-for-profit groups will raise about $70,000 through Cincinnati Chamber donations and your drink tips.” 

In 2017, The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, producers of Taste of Cincinnati, made a $15,000 donation to the Findlay Market FoodPreneur Fund, helping food entrepreneurs in the Cincinnati region. Since 2013, the Cincinnati Chamber has donated $80,000 to support regional culinary and entrepreneurial growth.

550,000 people are expected to attend Taste of Cincinnati, the nation’s longest running, free culinary arts festival.

Visit Indy!

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I just love Indianapolis. The sites, the restaurants, the city activities, so many things!

We try to get to Indianapolis at least twice a year… And some events are a must every time we go. We always see the Pacers play, and we always go to Traderspoint Creamery!

This go around, we were actually famished as we headed toward the Skyline… Only one place to stop… Shapiro’s Deli! Have you ever been there in Indy? Just delicious. Old-fashioned cafeteria with the line you walk through with delectable food to pick and choose from and over-order… The best Reuben anywhere! Yes, it competes with New York City! We indulged… Then moved along to our hotel. This trip we stayed at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis… It did not disappoint! We got to our room and were greeted with a wonderful welcome from the hotel. Always a yummy surprise. Great room with super comfy bed. No time to hang around though, we had to head out to the annual Pacers game. It was a great game with the Pacers in the lead the entire time. I like when they win. I’ve come to feel as though they are my home team.

As we headed back to the hotel, I saw the name CharBlue on a building… hey, I know that guy! That was a yummy feast… Glad we stopped in! Now back to the hotel for a little rest.

We woke up and went for a swim because this hotel has a pool! Always a plus… Especially when it’s cold outside as it was! We piled in the car (our dear friends accompanied us on this trip) and headed out to one of our favorite spots as I stated, Traderspoint Creamery. Always a special treat, especially since I have become close with the folks who run the place! I feel like we ordered everything on the menu, and we ate practically everything. Of course we had to go out back and see the cows as this is a working dairy farm, only the freshest ingredients in everything!

We headed to the mall for a few hours of shopping ($$$$), Then took a bit of a drive and then back to the hotel. Had to rest before our next meal!

So, we headed north to one of our all-time favorite Indy restaurants, one I haven’t mentioned before… Late Harvest Kitchen. Farm to table amazingness. Maybe 15 minutes from downtown with just the absolute best food. It was hard to decide, so yes again, we practically ordered the menu! Pork belly, whole Bronzini, rabbit (I’m sorry but it was so good!), and the desserts. They also have an incredible wine selection and festive bar. Great atmosphere…. great food…. one of my faves. Once again, a feast and wonderful time was had by all!

Thinking of escaping to Indy in May? THE INDY 500…..a must!

On May 11, practice and qualifying begins. So many events for weeks to come, including the Indy Grand Prix on May 12 and weekly races, but the grand finale, the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Penngrade Motor Oil – Sunday, May 27, 2018. Come for the first time, or come for the 20th time! What an amazing action packed month of fun!

Go to IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com and VisitIndy.com for up to the minute planning of your awesome getaway! So much to see and do….Visit Indy. 

TEDx coming to Cincinnati on May 12

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The TEDxCincinnati mission is to, “Live consciously. Be authentic. Empower others.” This year’s theme, Reinvent, is sure to match this mission by providing the audience with new ways of thinking and living. Topics vary year to year, but usually include humanity, healthcare innovation, disruptive technology, cryptocurrency, and more.

TEDxCincinnati is a locally organized TED event. TED is an organization founded on the principle – ideas worth spreading. This year’s Main Stage event is scheduled for May 12th at Memorial Hall. This is our 8th Main Stage Event. 

We will host two times to attend the Main Stage event (4:00-6:00PM or 7:30 to 9:30PM). The same speakers and artistic performances will be featured at both times.  In between the shows, attendees will have the chance to network, as well as meet the speakers of the evening.  There will also be a happy hour with a cash bar and Elis BBQ for people to purchase food if they are interested.

“TEDxCincinnati draws a diverse crowd of individuals ready to connect and open to new perspectives.  Think of TEDxCincinnati as a trip to the brain spa, one in which you leave ready to talk and explore new ideas with those around you,” says Director of TEDxCincinnati, Jami Edelheit. 

Visit tedxcincinnati.eventbrite.com to purchase your tickets for May 12, 2018. Interested in a corporate partnership, please reach out to tedxcincinnati@gmail.com. 


Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell – A story of “delight”

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It is now year five since Mercedes-Benz of  Fort Mitchell (MBFM) opened in Northern Kentucky, and it didn’t take long to recognize that the dealership was significantly impacting the entire region.    Where once stood a former hotel, turned a destination for drug abusers and prostitutes, the upscale neighborhood Fort Mitchell Police and residents enthusiastically welcomed the luxury Mercedes-Benz brand to their community.  Now, Mercedes Benz automobiles are everywhere, and MBFM is leading their region of some 90 plus dealerships in sales and client satisfaction, or “delight” as their vision statement, displayed in their showroom, reads.

The strategy was simple.  Open and “love thy neighbor” first – give before getting.  MBFM immediately stepped forward to support their community – on both sides of the river.  But, their commitment to their community and to their clients – including free life-time car washes, complimentary manicures at the “Nail Bar,” Country Club “test drive” memberships, CVG Airport Valet Discounts, a huge Mercedes-Benz courtesy loaner fleet, pick-up and delivery – anywhere, and so much more, clearly presented a dealership truly driven to be the luxury dealership that does it right. And it is working.

Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell is the only local Mercedes-Benz dealership to be awarded Mercedes-Benz USA’s highest distinction – The “BEST of the BEST” – not once, but four years in a row, and every year since opening.

Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell is located just 5 minutes from downtown Cincinnati.  But, look around, they are everywhere.  MBFM is the brand of “delight.”  It’s evident why Greater Cincinnatians and people across multiple states are visiting Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell and mbfm.com.

Shop for a Cause with Portaluca


Portaluca is the downtown destination for new and new-ish women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories located at 209 W. Fourth St.  All proceeds support Dress for Success Cincinnati.

Shop our beautiful new spring arrivals all month, and don’t forget to check out the annual spring designer sale. The Designer sale kicks off on April 19, 2018; shoppers can find top brand designers and contemporary labels at deeply discounted prices.

We are the first in more than 128 Dress for Success affiliates worldwide to have an earned income venture, with all store proceeds supporting Dress for Success Cincinnati’s services to empower disadvantaged women.

Shoppers can also drop off your Dress for Success donations at Portaluca during store hours.

Donations are utilized to support the Suiting program and the job readiness and personal development programs of our Career Center. Business professional wear means our women have great “interview” and employment clothing.  Good quality and condition non-business clothing and accessories stock the racks of Portaluca.

Portaluca opened to the public as 4th Street Boutique in 2002 to sell women’s new and gently used clothing, shoes and accessories at affordable prices. In 2014, we rebranded as Portaluca.  Portaluca is the port of light or beacon for women in their journey toward self-sufficiency. It takes good qualities and multiplies them giving so many women the gifts of confidence, optimism, and warm kindness.

Portaluca is extraordinary fashion giving back to sisters in need.

Portaluca is located at 209 W. Fourth St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery Presents ‘Victory of the Spirit’

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Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery   in conjunction with the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University invite you to attend a special solo exhibition, ‘Victory of the Spirit’, on Sunday Apr. 29, 2018 from 2 to 5 pm. This exhibition will showcase 12 paintings by Nevo Afek, a 19 year old visually impaired artist on the autism spectrum visiting from Eilat, Israel. The exhibition will run until May 25, 2018.

Nevo Afek creates his paintings without the full perspective of his canvas. His dedication to painting stems from his desire for personal expression and to become an inspiration for other artists with disabilities. Nevo will also showcase his work at the United Nations in New York on Apr. 26, 2018.

Join us at Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery to experience the original art and meet the featured artist. Wine and lite-bites will be served. Admission is free with valet parking at Lightborne on 212 E 14th St. Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Art Beyond Boundaries provides a professional, mainstream fine arts exhibition venue for artists with disabilities, located at 1410 Main Street in the historic Over-the-Rhine arts district. With your support, we can continue providing a gallery, workshops, programs, and services for our artists and people with disabilities. For more information, “friend” or “follow” the gallery on FaceBook , Twitter, Instagram, and/or contact the gallery.